Recently over break I attended a concert of one of my favorite bands, The 1975. I have always been the type of person who is passionate about music, but especially live music. So whenever I get the chance to go to a concert I try to enjoy every second of it. One of the main reasons I enjoy going to concerts is because I enjoy their “liveness”. The Dead Media Archive defines liveness, as “the absence of writing” but a place where “encoding and decoding [are] happening simultaneously”. When I talk about liveness in terms of concerts, I define it to be a presence that is spatially and temporally live. The Dead Media Archive goes into detail defining the differences between different types of liveness, including the one that will be focusing on more. Concerts are temporally live because they are only live for a short period of time. They are also spatially live because you have to be present in the location the concert is occurring. Both of these are important components of liveness because “there is an uncertainty to liveness” (Dead Media Archive). The uncertainty is evident in the differences between performances because “a performance one night may be longer than the next; a performer can make a mistake or intentionally cause problems” (Dead Media Archive).
Here are a few examples from my concert I attended. I arrived at the venue 4 hours before they would be opening the doors, and during this time I spent it with friends as well as interacting with other fans. I think that once you are waiting in line for a concert, the concert experience begins. Therefore, not everyone who is waiting for a 1975 concert will experience the same things as other. For example, there were fans that camped out the night before, so their experience before and during the concert were completely different from mine. An example of the uniqueness and uncertainty of liveness was clear in how Matty (lead singer of the 1975) addressed the audience. There was a moment between songs where he took the opportunity to ask the audience to take a few steps back because there were too many passing out and with no room. First of all he normally doesn’t have to ask audiences to do that, but the amount of fans that were passing out was incomparable to their other concerts. Another example had to do with a song they performed, Milk. They normally don’t play this song live, so the change in the set list added to the unique aspect present in liveness. There were multiple examples of liveness within this concert, but these are a few that closely fell with the spatial and temporal liveness.